Sunday, November 13, 2011

The absolute nature of separation.

There is nothing more interesting than the enigma of time. The future becomes the present, and the present turns into the past. Once the transformation is over, there is no going back.

In psychology, people talk about the specious moment, and there is a fundamental asymmetry to that. The duration of the present is usually described in milliseconds, but that is strangely insufficient. The essence of transformation would not be captured in milliseconds. We need other ways to describe the specious moment.

The key question here is to deal with the transformation in an explicit manner. The transformation is happening all the time, even as I write these sentences.

This morning I find myself in Washington DC. I just finished my breakfast. Some moments ago, I was waiting for the breakfast to arrive, and there is no going back to that recent past. The absolute nature of separation is one of the fundamental aspects of our experience, and yet we have not successfully described it.

4 comments:

kirai said...

I like to think about how precious the present is and how the time is always flowing escaping through our fingers with the Japanese terms 一期一会 and 諸行無常

mU said...

Then again, it is memory that links these past-present events and transfers them into some future, overlays them onto what is yet to happen. Of course, the changes that occur in one's memory--what we recall of the event--as we move away from the stimulus is very much of the mind's mechanism, and I wonder if it is also less of the brain's utility...

(ma)gog said...

The fact is, that our perception is limited only to perceive the transformation of time as it is, as it has been, and as it will always be.

Each life of us is left in the each moment of time that keeps falling into the past continuously.

I can easily become pessimistic, thinking that "good old times" never again, but maybe it is not really so.

How can we deny our true happiness which we experience in an intoxicated way remebering our dear childhood incidents or our old love and everything dear to us, saying they are all in the past, after all.

Our happiness or unhappiness in our memory "exists" always with us exactly at this moment of transformation of time as far as we keep experiencing.

The objective proof which quantum physics tells us maybe "the past" is not the past, and everything exists at the same time at this moment.
Maybe there is no time.
Maybe.

Sebastián Lamonega said...

Our present is a near past, maybe a couple of milisecs in the time where our brain is building the web from the line of our two brains hemispheres. Our serial network of language and the parallel conection of our body energy.

We are in the past, the present is our near future.

we are bolides of molecular traslation.

Sebas

pd: sorry for my english, my main language is spanish